Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Foreign Stout
Kingston, Jamaica


on tap

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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ingredients: Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar used when bottling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10254) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2003
Deep dark color, almost black. Roasted malt aroma with tropical fruit. Full bodied. Roasted malt and coffee flavor. Hint of sourness with lots of tropical fruit and just a bit of glue. Deceptive thirst quencher, not very complex but certainly likeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
Sugar coated nut spores sprinkled on an old tree...Farcical hops grow and deranged chocolate eggs abound...The template for a pleasant but weird Easter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2003
Thinish, sparkling head, pale brown. Black - totally opaque. Sweet, toffee and liquorice in the nose, even chilled I get alcohol burn. Thick, sweet, alcohol and roast in the rear. Oily. Not nearly as nice as Caribbean Guinness FES.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4249) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2003
Typcial stout but lacking the foamy head. Very alcoholic nose, I suppose it is similar to Caribbean rum. Very strong rich tasting beer which is very smooth on the palate with a slight coffee and burnt aftertaste. I am getting more impressed with sweet stouts each time I have one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2003
The smell of this beer was like Caribbean rum and the beer poured a black color with a lasting tan head. The taste was very sweet and very thick in the mouthfeel. A nice stout, but one you cannot drink too often because it tends to be a little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
From Jamaica man, very rummy, with a slightly sweet chocaltely undertone. One of the thickest stouts I have had, definitely one to drink with a spoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2003
I would be curious to try this iced with a little umbrella - before you gasp with horror consider its crazy sweet with its sweet and rummy-molasses alcohol tones dominating more stouty action.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
Pours a reddish-brown head with a dark black body. Sweet falvour but not as bad as the Royal Extra Stout from Trinidad & Tobago. A fair sweet stout and a nice change (once a year) from the english stouts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012
Dec, 2002 From the white Jamaican creators of Red Stripe comes this intensely sweet, licorice flavoured stout. I can see it being a cult brew - it is an individual drink: the combination of sweetness and high alcohol content would make it irresistible for some, but off putting for most. More of an alcopop than a beer. [2.8]
Feb, 2003 Compared with Mackeson Stout. Enjoyed a little more than last time. [3.0]
Dec, 2006 I really want this, and expect this, to be better than what it is. It’s not very stout like - more like a run of the mill, sweet, strong Belgian beer. There’s a lot of sugar in this - too much. It tastes cheap and nasty. There’s some fruit, a little red wine, but mainly it tastes like a caramel flavoured high abv sugar brew. Not very tasty - quite crude, sweet, simple and rather sickly after a while. [2.3]
Aug, 2009 It’s a a sugary brew. Quite light and refreshing for the abv - feels more like the strength of Sweetheart Stout or Manns Original Brown Ale - and there’s something quite similar about all three beers, though all three are regarded as different styles. All three are dark and sweet and light bodied. The strength of this one is in the fumes - you catch the fumes as you breath in. And there’s an awareness of alcohol after the swallow and on your breath. As always I want to like this beer so much more than I actually do. I just love the idea of this beer, and it’s the sort of beer I should love. But it always lets me down. [2.5]
Nov, 2012 Low carbonation, light body, pleasantly licorice flavoured sweetish dark beer. Feels more like a dark lager than a stout. It’s drinkable and certainly not offensive. I’m coming to terms with this, and am quite happy to keep drinking it. [3.1]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
Very sweet and syrupy. Had a good head to it. very malty. I would recomend this. I wouldn’t drink it all the time though.

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